De Rossi: Manchester United move would've been suicide

The Italy international rejected a switch to Old Trafford in the summer and is adamant he made the right decision, with Roma challenging Juventus for the Serie A title
Roma midfielder Daniele De Rossi has insisted he is relieved to have snubbed a move to Manchester United last summer.

As revealed by Goal, David Moyes' side lodged a £10 million bid for the Italy international back in August, only for De Rossi to reject the chance to move to Old Trafford.

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United have struggled domestically in the 2013-14 campaign, languishing in seventh place in the Premier League table, with Wednesday's 2-1 defeat at home to Tottenham leaving them 11 points behind current leaders Arsenal.

Roma, meanwhile, are flying high in second spot in Serie A and De Rossi believes his decision to stay put at the Stadio Olimpico has been fully vindicated.

"It was a good thing that I didn't go to Manchester, now I would have committed suicide," he told friends, according to Corriere dello Sport.

"Last summer I didn't feel comfortable, I didn't recognise myself in the relationship with my teammates and with the fans."

Moyes' United have been heavily linked with a move for Everton star Leighton Baines during the January transfer window, with Goal exclusively reporting that the Toffees have placed a £25 million price tag on the full-back.